Auction 128, Lot 407

"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1642 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 13.6 inches
48.8 x 34.5 cm

Decorative map of the central and western coastal regions of Mexico, based on Ortelius. Mexico City is situated on a large lake below the elaborate title cartouche featuring the Royal Spanish Arms. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. A galleon and sea monster ornament the Pacific and armadillos walk across the scale of miles cartouche. This is a superlative example of Dutch cartography and a great example of the similarity between the work of Jansson and Blaeu. Here Jansson's plate features a ship and sea monster with calligraphy in the Pacific, where Blaeu's map lacks the calligraphy and embellished the area with two ships and a compass rose. Dutch text on verso.


Condition: A

Slightly uneven impression and faint show-through of text on verso, else fine.

Estimate: $400 - $450


Closed on 5/20/2009